MSU Extension announces new online school for hay growers: Hay Production 101

Join our team of Michigan State University Extension specialists and educators in March 2021 to learn the ins and outs of hay production.

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Year after year, the market for good hay in Michigan outstrips supply, leading to dependable prices for hay growers willing to put in the effort. Some row crop growers see an opportunity to add a new crop to their operation while animal producers may want to grow their own forage so they have better control over nutritional quality. However, hay is a demanding crop and is not for everyone. As with any other agricultural enterprise, there are many things to learn.

Michigan State University Extension has developed a new online school, Hay Production 101, to help farmers interested in learning how to grow hay. The main objective of our team of MSU Extension specialists and educators is to assist newcomers to the world of hay, but there is value here also for those looking to improve an existing hay operation.

Hay Production 101 is an online course taught as eight sessions using Zoom, every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7-8:30 p.m., March 2-25, 2021.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with instructors in each live session. Topics covered will include:

  • Economics and marketing
  • What to grow: species, varieties and forage quality
  • Fertility and soil management
  • Field establishment and renovation
  • Pest management: weeds, insects, disease 
  • Harvest management: all the steps from timing the harvest to post-harvest processing and storage
  • Baleage

The cost of the course is $85. Preregistration is required.

Register for Hay Production 101

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